Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

August 7, 2013 Review 27 ★★★★

Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
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Publisher: Disney
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 298
Release Date: June 21st, 2011
Series: Heist Society #2
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.


UNCOMMON CRIMINALS is the second book in this series and was a step up from it’s predecessor, HEIST SOCIETY. In the first book, I felt like I was being dragged along, whereas in this book I felt like a real part of the story.

Katarina is approached by a mysterious woman and her grandson who knows her true identity and occupation, for she has a job for her: steal the Cleopatra Emerald, something no one has ever been able to pull off. Not only that, but it is said the emerald is cursed. Katarina is not even thinking about accepting the job until the woman drops Visily Romani’s name into the mix. This, of course, pique’s her interest.

This installment introduced a few new characters, and really delved into the history of familiar characters. This was very interesting, and many of the novels twists came from these new developments.

Hale and Katarina’s relationship is slowly developing to be something stronger than friendship, but it happens almost in the background where the reader is not entirely privy to what happens. Hale’s character confused me, at one moment he was pushing Kat away, then another he was desperate for her.

These novels are quick, easy reads that keep you entertained for a few hours with its excellent pacing and characters. However, much like HEIST SOCIETY, it really lacks that one moment that makes it a truly fantastic novel.

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Rating Report
Overall: 3.7

27 Responses to “Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter”

  1. Tanja

    This is one of these authors you have heard of and seen their books around but still haven’t read any. I must say that this sounds like a great summer read. I’m glad you enjoyed it overall and that it was better that the first one!
    Great review :)
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  2. Jessica @ Booked Up!

    I am a big fan of Ally Carter after reading her popular Gallagher Girls series. I still need to get round to starting the Heist Society series. But I’ve heard some great things about it. :)

    It’s fantastic to hear that you felt this was more enjoyable than the first book. I hate it when the sequel lets down the series, and it happens so often. To find a sequel that you prefer over the first is such a good sign! However, it’s a shame that the romance was too in-the-background for you. I love a good, strong romance in my books so a lacking romance really puts me off reading a book. And Hale sounds like he would annoy me a lot, as I dislike characters that change their mind every few minutes and do things that don’t add up and confuse the reader.

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely review with us, Alise. Maybe I would try this just as a quick, fluffy summer read if I find it in the library.

    By the way, your rating system is really wonderful!
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    • Alise

      I know! I loved the Gallagher Girls when I was younger. Right? Sequels are really tricky to pull off sometimes, true. I wish the romance was a bigger part of this novel. Hale is frustrating, it’s obvious he likes the MC but he keeps messing around.

      Thank you :)

  3. Kezia D

    I haven’t read any of Ally Carter’s books :( Apparently my original plan to read it on my holiday last month totally fail. But I am hoping I could get to her books later this year. Gallagher Girls sounds more promising than this one, I might start that series first! Although the book didn’t wow you, glad to see that you still enjoyed it :)

  4. Andreea

    Okay, your review persuaded me to read the first book in this series. I heard many things about it but I wasn’t sure if this was a book I would like, but now I want to try it out.

    Thanks for your review.


    • Alise

      Yeah, there were a bunch of twists this book! From what I hear, it sounds like that is the consensus-the second is the best.

  5. Maida

    I have read so many positive reviews for Ally Carter’s Heist Society series, and i still haven’t gotten around to it yet. I love the premise for this one, and I can’t wait to meet Katarina. She sounds like a great, enjoyable character. Ohhh and Hale, I need to meet him! And I’m happy that their relationship is going slowly rather than being rushed. I’m really looking forward to starting this series! I’m glad you enjoyed this overall, Alise! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 
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    • Alise

      I usually like romance that is slow as well but this is like agonizing xD Thank you, I hope you enjoy it too!

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